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4 (More) “Jesus-Like” Qualities I See In My Wife

Last December, I wrote a blog post titled, 4 “Jesus-Like” Qualities I See In My Wife. In this post, I spent some time talking about how awesome my wife is, and looking at a few “Jesus-like” qualities I’ve seen in her life, and her actions. For those of you that don’t know Amanda, she’s one that doesn’t toot her own horn very often. Amanda is more comfortable working behind the scenes and out of the spotlight. That’s why I think it’s important to show the world how awesome she truly is every once in a while.

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It was just a short 6 and a half years years ago when we met. Our local high school homecoming parade was when I first asked Amanda if she’d like to join me for dinner. I asked her 3 times to be exact. To my surprise, I was turned down after all 3 attempts, but I knew that wasn’t the end. A few weeks later we were meeting up for lunch. Several thousand lunches later, we were engaged, and eventually got married last February. While it took me well over 2,000 days to gather up the courage to pop the question, it didn’t take long before realizing that Amanda had several Jesus-like qualities that I wanted in a wife. In my previous post last December, I highlighted 4 of those qualities. The problem is that Amanda doesn’t just have 4.

 

Patience: “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.” -Psalm 130:5

God calls us to live a life of patience. This world is far from patient. We’re always wanting technology to get faster and faster. We want customer service to wait on us hand and foot, quicker and quicker. Our desire to live life in the fast lane has pushed aside a Jesus-like quality in many of us. In this world, we lack patience. While I often struggle with having patience, Amanda shows me what true patience looks like. She helps me to slow down, take in the moment, and constantly reminds me that we must have patience.

 

Service: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:45

God didn’t put on flesh and live with us in order for us to serve Him. While the creator God should be served by us, this wasn’t His intent. Rather, Jesus served us. He healed the sick, made the blind see and the lame walk, and even washed the disciples feet. While all of this is true service, His ultimate act of service was going to the cross for our sins. Jesus didn’t do it for Himself, but for you and me. Likewise, Amanda has that same heart for service and has dedicated countless hours in order to serve her family, her friends, and her community. She’s modeled the life of service that all believers should live. It’s the same life of service that Jesus had.

 

IMG_0269Commitment: “Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.” -Proverbs 16:3

Jesus calls us to live lives of commitment. He doesn’t want us to say the right things and then go live our lives however we feel like living them. Jesus doesn’t want us to commit just one day of the week. Instead, Jesus wants us to give of our whole lives. Everything we are, and everything we do should be done for Him. That kind of commitment is the kind of commitment that Amanda models everyday. My wife is always striving to be a more genuine follower of Jesus. She always wants to be better, just as God has called her to be. She’s not only committed to God, but also her family. Her commitment is endless. This is the kind of commitment that we’re all supposed to have toward God.

 

Gentleness: “Remind them…to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” -Titus 3:1-2

If you know anything about Amanda, you’ll know that she doesn’t like confrontation. In fact, she despises it. She’d rather approach these confrontational situations with a spirit of Gentleness. Personally, I don’t know how she does it. No matter how stressful, how complicated, or how worrisome the situation may be, Amanda always has this Godly gentleness about her. We all must have that sort of gentleness in our lives, because it’s the same gentleness that Jesus displayed.

 

These qualities I see in Amanda are constantly pushing me back to Jesus. She lives her life with patience, service, commitment, and gentleness. These are just some of the Jesus-like qualities that I’ve spotted in her life. Amanda is a great example, like many people before her, that life isn’t all about her: it’s about Jesus. 

 

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4 “Jesus-Like” Qualities I See In My Wife

I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was homecoming at the local high school, and the parade was creeping through town towards the football field. I was one of the hundreds of people in attendance that brisk fall afternoon. It was the day that I would meet my wife, Amanda.

Photo Credit: Amanda Statson

Photo Credit: Amanda Statson

One near death experience, and three declined invitations later, we finally settled on the perfect lunch date. One date led to another and pretty soon, we were dating for five years. After gathering enough courage on our ‘anniversary’, I finally decided to pop the big question. A few short months later, we were married.

I’ve had the opportunity to grow in Christ alongside my best friend for the past several years. Since the first day we met, I’ve noticed she has many Godly-qualities. Here’s 4 “Jesus-Like” Qualities I See In My Wife:

 

1. Compassion — “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” -Proverbs 31:20

Throughout scripture Jesus always had compassion on the least and less fortunate of people. He chooses to eat with broken & sinful people, rather than the respected authorities. Christ goes even further, in his Sermon on the Mount, and he tells his audience to pray even for enemies. Compassion isn’t something to show only those close to you. We are to offer up love and support for everybody. This quality that Christ embodied is also very evident in Amanda.

 

2. Humility — “…but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” -Philippians 2:3b

Christ was born for a reason. He came into this world to die. More specifically, he came to die for us. Jesus lived a sinless life. His life was of extreme importance, and yet, he put the needs of others before himself. Similarly, I see this often in the life of my wife. Constantly, I find Amanda putting the needs of others before her own. She thinks of others, acts out for others, serves others, loves others, and will encourage others way before she thinks of herself. Every day, I work towards being as humble as she is, and as humble as Jesus was.

 

 

3. Forgiveness — “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:32

Forgiveness is one of the hardest things we can do. To often, people hurt us more than we can bear. Jesus taught that we must forgive. This forgiveness doesn’t mean we must say a simple, “I forgive you.” Instead we must love & pray for those that have hurt us. As sinners, we all deserve death & judgement. Instead, Christ came to die in our place. He forgave us. Amanda models this forgiveness in her own life. (Keep in mind I’m not easy to live with! She forgives me, even when I am least deserving of her forgiveness.) Her wisdom, when it comes to the area of forgiveness, pushes me to be more forgiving in my relationships with others.

 

4. Love — “We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19

Love and Jesus go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. Everything Jesus did revolved around love. My wife models this kind of love in her life. The love she shows for others, and for Christ, is immeasurable.

 

The moral of the story is that Amanda continues to amaze me as she embodies Christ-like qualities in her own life. She serves as a great example to myself and all those who know her that this life isn’t about us: it’s about Jesus. I love you Amanda!

 

p.s. Don’t forget to leave a comment below. If you know Amanda, be sure to leave her some love!

 

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